In a since-deleted post, the comedian shared a viral meme of the late singer, adding a drug-laced caption of his own that was not well received.
Bobby Brown is still ready to defend the late Whitney Houston, most recently coming to her defense over a since-deleted joke by Chris Rock.
The comedian has never been shy about pushing the lines of good taste and respect. In this case, Brown took issue with a post to Rock's sharing of a viral Houston meme with an added line of his own. Yahoo! captured the whole exchange.
The meme was a shot of Houston looking a little peeved behind sunglasses with the caption, "Me sitting in a meeting that could have been an email." But Rock took it to the next level, adding, "Hurry up I got crack to smoke."
Houston was found dead in 2012 with cocaine in her system. She and Brown were married from 1992 to 2007, during which both had their struggles with drug abuse. And Brown wasn't the only one upset by Rock's joke.
Yahoo! reports the comments section was filled with detractors calling his joke everything from "tasteless" to plain "not funny." As for Brown, he dropped in two comments blasting the joke before Rock ultimately took it down.
"During this time of women empowerment you choose to use your time to try and humiliate our QUEEN!!!" he wrote in one post. In another, he followed up that sentiment with, "I thought you was a friend of the family."
Houston's rocky struggle with drug addiction ended tragically with her 2012 death; she was found in a bathtub. Her daughter with Brown, Bobbi Kristina, died three years later, also found in a bathtub and with possible drug involvement.
It's understandable that Brown would be sensitive about this topic being the root of humor for anyone, but especially someone he might have considered a friend.
Even though the post has been taken down, the story continued to gain traction into Monday, with Twitter letting the comedian know how they feel about it -- though most of those are so foul we can't share them here.
I was already disappointed in Chris Rock (who I've known for years) for finding humor in Louis C.K. & Ricky Gervais' use of the N-word. Now he's making fun of my dearly departed friend, Whitney Houston, on IG. Addiction is NOT a laughing matter. #PoorTaste #Disrespectful #GrowUp
Chris Rock really got his ass on IG & made a crack joke about Whitney Houston under a meme that used her face for women's empowerment....when are we gonna learn that these rich Black men are just white men with melanin. Chris rock made his career punching down at HIS community.
Im so disappointed in Chris Rock & that instagram post w/ Whitney Houston on it. It's crazy because all those celebrities were laughing along w/ him. Definitely didn't have the balls to say to her face when she was alive. I'm glad Whitney will be remembered more than all of them.